Living off the Land

Living off the Land

The three of us moved cautiously past the ruins of the house and into the overgrown back garden. We were moving carefully as the long grass hid ankle-turning bricks, toe-stubbing baulks of timber and shin-barking pipes. We had learned of these obstacles the hard way...
The greater need

The greater need

About 10 years ago, as I was about to enter Central Station in Sydney, a very untidy man approached me. He was about 30 years old, looked pretty down and out, and was probably an alcoholic. “Could you give me a dollar, mate, so I can buy some breakfast?”...
Graveyard Shift

Graveyard Shift

Arnold was an amateur astronomer and knew that a certain star was going to disappear behind the moon and reappear about an hour later. To get a better view and out of the dazzle of street lights, he wandered into a churchyard with the idea of standing in the shadow of...
For Sale

For Sale

Colin passed some “FOR SALE” lists to us, Two lists each – Don’t make a fuss, Just write a piece – just make a choice And when it’s your turn, speak in a clear voice. $40 – blockout curtains, one pair, quality guaranteed, Cream, with blue...
Grandfather Time

Grandfather Time

Mad genius is an old, oxymoronic description, but in old Doolan’s case it was perfect. At 72 years old he was still overloaded with brains but was nuttier than a health shop. His ability to construct the most elaborate electronic equipment from salvaged...